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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Dec 5, 2008 10:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: "Bathroom Meets Meal"

Can't speak for conditions on DALLAS, my boat was clean. I'm inclined to think that the author took the nastiest events from his career and rolled them all up. Every crew has a sailor (or two) with an aversion to personal hygeine. In my first two boats we had "The Goob" and "Booger". Both guys were nasty - and in their case, peer pressure did not work. Both went to Captain's Mast (disciplinary judicial proceedings) and ended up under orders to shower every other day. They had to check with their Division Chief and the Doc before and after.

As far as hot racking with a slob - during command, I made sure every sailor had their own rack. I only had limited say as a junior officer, but hot racking was generally the exception rather than the rule. Typically the only time we had to hot rack was if we had riders on board for inspections or examinations.

As far as food prep and dishwashing meeting the bathroom - sort of.

The galley sinks and dishwasher are drained to grey water tanks (non sewage) along with the showers and sinks in the heads. I can't recall someone ever taking a dump in the shower (since you would have to stomp it through the drain grate with your foot) but I'm sure it happened.

It is possible to incorrectly line up the grey drain system so that there is back flow into the sinks, showers and galleys. It's not as bad as blowing a shitter on yourself, but whatever food is out is ruined - the meal is shot - and the cleanup is pretty extensive. This happened once during my command tour. I disqualified the offending sailor from watchstanding and had his chain of command come up with a training and requalification program. He was a good kid, he just made a mistake - but I made sure sailors on my boat understood that they would be held accountable for their actions - mistakes or otherwise. I was fair and consistent and my guys always knew what to expect. For the most part, I considered having to take disciplinary action with a sailor a failure on my part as well as his divisional and departmental chain of command - unless it was just gross, deliberate and culpable negligence or endangered his shipmates. Then I hammered the shit out of the kid. Fortunately I only had to do that four times in 24 years.